“That was real bad, and we’re all responsible for it.”
Nebraska head coach Mike Riley had few words to describe the Huskers’ performance against Ohio State Saturday night in Columbus. The 62-3 loss is the second worst in Nebraska football history.
“It’s hard to put your finger on what was the problem sometimes,” said wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp. “We’ll grow from it.”
Ohio State seized control from the start, intercepting quarterback Tommy Armstrong on the Huskers’ first possession. Buckeye defensive back Damon Webb returned the pick for a touchdown less than two minutes into the game.
The Huskers were able to score on their next possession, driving inside the Ohio State 10-yard line, but being forced to settle for a Drew Brown field goal. Those would be Nebraska’s only points in the game.
Ohio State scored 55 unanswered points. The Buckeyes did not punt, and their only turnover came on a muffed punt in the second quarter.
A scary moment came midway through the second quarter when Tommy Armstrong was tackled as he went out of bounds. His head hit the turn hard and he was briefly knocked unconscious. Armstrong was carted off the field and taken to the local hospital for testing. He later returned to the stadium and rejoined the Huskers on the sideline.
“It was great to have him come back to the game,” said Westerkamp. “That was good to see. Hopefully he’ll be healthy moving forward.”
Mike Riley said it’s too early to tell if Armstrong will be available for next week’s game against Minnesota.
The Huskers are now 7-2 on the season, with a 4-2 record in the Big Ten.
“First goal is to win next week, but I think the rest of it is still a possibility out there,” said Riley. “We don’t control our own destiny anymore, but that doesn’t mean we can’t win our division.”